November 2, 2010
Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions IndexGuardian published the latest Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International which is the world's most credible source for measuring corruption.
According to Transparency International:
- The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt). These results indicate a serious corruption problem.
To summarize the 2010 results:
- Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2.
- The most corrupt country is Somalia with a score of 1.1. Only slightly less corrupt are Myanmar and Afghanistan, with a score of 1.4, and Iraq at 1.5.
Immediately obvious to me are that:
- The rankings haven't changed much over the past three years.
- You should avoid nearly all of Africa and Asia.
- Western Europe, particularly the Scandinavian countries, are relatively devoid of corruption.
If you want to see a horribly create bubble chart from which you cannot infer anything, go to Many Eyes.